Thursday, November 06, 2008

Houston Loot

Of course I did some shopping too!

I got lots of amazing publications.


From the top: the new Stitch magazine from Quilting Arts. It's "a special issue devoted to the creative possibilities of sewing wearables, home d├ęcor, accessories, and gifts." It's full of great ideas and I love that flippy, foldy, buttony skirt on the cover.

I was thrilled (I mean seriously giddy!) to win Mixed Mania and Mixed Media Self-Portraits in the Surviving the Runway event. They are both amazing. Tons of creative ideas, fantastic artists and very very witty. Both of these publications are from Interweave and have great style. I think there are very exciting things coming from these folks!

I also picked up a copy of Where Women Create a new publication from Stampington. This is not only a magazine, but the beginnings of a whole concept for putting creative women together and helping them succeed. How wonderful! See the little match box in the middle of the photo? That was a little "gift with purchase" from Jo Packam and her team at WWC. It's wrapped with a pretty ribbon and filled with glitter and goodies.

I got two rolls of fat quarters from Starr Designs. I'll use these to add surface design like painting and stamping. I don't know how I chose those colors... Here's what I bought last year.

The woven fabric on the bottom is just stunning. I should have taken a full shot. It's amazing woven vintage textile from Japan from Carol Lane Saber. I'm not sure what I'll do with it, but I was just enthralled by it -- it's contemporary yet traditional.

And lastly, wool! There is my little green and purple (of course) ornament I made in Judy's class. I fell in love the process and the results, so I bought some roving so I could make my own balls. I bought purple, orange and a red. (I already rolled and felted most of the red -- more on that later.) I love to make tons and tons of these ornaments. I'm not sure how long my energy and enthusiasm will last. We'll see.

I also brought home tons of inspiration. You can't see that in the picture.


Kristin L said...

The vintage fabric looks like a painting! Gorgeous. I like that you brought home inspiration too -- a priceless purchase.

Natalya Khorover Aikens said...

good loot! mine pales in comparison.. but the inspiration is the best part isn't it?

Unknown said...

I tend to make the ornaments as the holidays roll round and then set it aside until the next year. But I think there are lots of ways to play with the basic idea. I am now thinking felted eggs for easter could be fun.

I am wishing I had picked up the portraits book in houston, that one is awesome. I will just have to order it and a few more for xmas presents. Did you look in the gallery section of mixed media mania? My sister Deb and I have an apron we did together for Cheryl and Debbi. That apron was the beginning of my mixed media fabric technique.

Karoda said...

great loot! i'm waiting to see the Art Quilt Studios magazine...isn't Interweave doing that one also?

Anonymous said...

I took a felted wool class just today at a craft store on Whidbey Island in Washington state. It was incredibly fun. Taught by a woman from Germany, we all made pumpkins that are just so very cute. My pumpkin has a stem and a leaf attached, also from wool. We were able to make whatever we wanted to in the two hour class. So when I was done with the pumpkin, I made one larger leaf for it to sit on. It was great fun and I fear that I have found yet another hobby. I bought a needle and several colors of roving. Christmas ornaments are on my to do list now.

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Elin said...

Congrats on the Runway win. That's my red face on the bottom right!